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Routes to tin chalcogenide materials as thin films or nanoparticles: a potentially important class of semiconductor for sustainable solar energy conversion

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Abstract

Thin films of tin chalcogenides may find use in photovoltaic devices, and nanocrystals of such materials are attractive due to their tuneable band gaps and potential in photovoltaic, photonic and optoelectronic applications. Tin(II) sulfide (SnS) is of particular interest due to its band gap of 1.4 eV, which is similar to that of silicon (1.1 eV). This review seeks to provide an overview of the chemical routes currently known for the synthesis of tin chalcogenides as thin films or in nanocrystalline form, as well as exploring routes to copper zinc tin sulfide (CZTS) and mesoporous tin chalcogenides.

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The article was received on 26 Apr 2014, accepted on 01 Aug 2014 and first published on 05 Aug 2014


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4QI00059E
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Citation: Inorg. Chem. Front., 2014,1, 577-598
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    Routes to tin chalcogenide materials as thin films or nanoparticles: a potentially important class of semiconductor for sustainable solar energy conversion

    D. J. Lewis, P. Kevin, O. Bakr, C. A. Muryn, M. A. Malik and P. O'Brien, Inorg. Chem. Front., 2014, 1, 577
    DOI: 10.1039/C4QI00059E

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